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Copenhagen is a treasure trove brimming with world-class institutions, a thriving art scene and Michelin-star restaurants offering the best of Scandinavian cuisine. But the Danish capital is also home to some high-end and innovative luxury hotels. Spoil yourself on a well-deserved weekend getaway by staying at one of Copenhagen’s most decadent hotels.
Embodying the concept of hygge, Manon Les Suites is a hotel situated near Copenhagen Central Station. Part of the Guldsmeden Hotels chain, the lodge is centrally located yet retains the feel of an oasis that whisks you away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Step into the pool area and you’ll be mesmerised by the tropical decor, from the plants hanging from the ceiling to the colourful canopy beds. Suitable for both solo travellers and couples, the hotel is conveniently located 10 minutes away from Tivoli Gardens and Strøget, Copenhagen’s main shopping street.
Founded in 1755, this Neoclassical palace hotel is a Copenhagen landmark not far from the Royal Danish Theatre. Its ballroom has hosted many events throughout the years, but it is certainly not stuck in the past. Offering a spa, sauna, steam room and hammam, the hotel is more than just a place to lay your head at night, focussing heavily on self-care. At Michelin-star Restaurant Marchal, guests are invited to indulge in a blend of Nordic and French cuisine in an elegant space. History buffs will enjoy a stay here, too, as it’s located in Kongens Nytorv and sits close to Amalienborg Palace, a royal history museum.
Once an 18th-century grain house, Admiral hotel overlooks the sea and Amalienborg Palace, and has spectacular views over the harbour. Surrounded by Copenhagen’s most popular tourist attractions – like the Opera House, Royal Palace and, of course, Amalienborg – the hotel has a rich history. Inside, you’ll find 200-year-old Pomeranian pine beams and minimalist rooms decorated in white and grey tones, adding to the hotel’s contemporary ambience. The onsite SALT restaurant and bar combines Nordic and French influences, serving innovative dishes paired with creative cocktails.
Once home to the Royal Danish Academy of Music, this historic building from 1903 has transformed into a lavish hotel that prioritises a luxurious way of living and offers some much-needed self-care. Overlooking Copenhagen’s rooftops, many of the rooms have a homely feel, promoting the idea that the hotel is your home away from home. The penthouse rooms are predictably grand, offering royal-inspired decor and unbeatable views of the city from the vast windows. When you’re hungry, pay a visit to NOI, the hotel restaurant serving seasonal Nordic dishes such as cod and crab. Nearby, you have Copenhagen’s main attractions, from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek to Tivoli Gardens.
Designed by former Royal Danish Ballet dancer Alexander Kølpin, Hotel Sanders is one of Copenhagen’s finest. Decorated with bespoke pieces of furniture, the hotel’s aesthetic has a contemporary feel with brown and green tones. Hidden away on a quiet street not far from Nyhavn, the hotel has a courtyard, living room, cocktail bar and a rooftop terrace. For food, visit Sanders Kitchen, the hotel restaurant serving Mediterranean-inspired dishes from a menu that changes weekly.
Located near the popular Kongens Nytorv, this 31-room hotel is a luxury boutique affair with industrial vibes. As you enter, you’ll spot a 3D-printed installation by artist Pio Diaz in the lobby, and as you continue to explore you’ll encounter many pieces of art, such as the giant green iron doors. Step into your room, which you unlock with your mobile phone, and you’ll be greeted by luxuriant black drapes and a marble bathroom. Nordic gastronomy is offered at Roxie, the three-storey restaurant run by the team behind Kadeau, another Michelin-star venue. Centrally located, the hotel is less than 20 minutes from Kastrup airport.
Designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, Radisson Collection Royal Hotel is the world’s first design hotel, initially built for Scandinavian Airlines in the late 1950s. The 26-floor glass building is an architectural beauty and was Copenhagen’s first skyscraper, meaning it still offers spectacular views over the entire city. With its sleek design, the glass hotel has a glamorous interior featuring a palette of earthy colours. The rooms are decorated with timeless art, including the iconic Arne Jacobsen Swan chair, a Le Klint lamp and the sophisticated Drop chair. You’ll also have access to a steam sauna and massage treatments.
Located in the Carlsberg district and converted from two old industrial buildings, Hotel Ottilia gleams with modern Scandinavian design, preserving many of the original elements of the interior, from the metal girders to the white neon lights hanging from the ceiling. Rooms have a futuristic, minimalist decor with wide circle windows brightening up the dominant grey tones. Italian cuisine is offered at Tramonto (meaning ‘sunset’), the hotel restaurant and terrace with panoramic views of the city. In just 15 minutes, you can even walk to the Copenhagen Zoo and Frederiksborg Castle, a 17th-century Renaissance residence.
The centrally located Skt Petri can be found in the Latin Quarter. Situated less than five minutes away from Strøget, the luxury property has a vibrant atmosphere with restaurants and a bar in the lobby. With great views of Copenhagen, the rooms are designed with a palette of brown, dark blue and grey and decorated with contemporary pieces of furniture. While the Petri restaurant serves international food, next-door Dada offers Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine with sharing dishes.